A Maryland judge ruled on Monday that the Trump administrations decision to phaseout DACA, the program that protected young undocumented immigrants from deportation, is legal.
Maryland Judge Roger W. Titus argued that the decisions by two New York and California federal judges to block DACA’s phaseout was unconstitutional, and that the immigration policy was strictly within the prerogative of the executive branch and the Department of Homeland Security.
“This decision took control of a pell-mell situation and provided Congress — the branch of government charged with determining immigration policy — an opportunity to remedy it. Given the reasonable belief that DACA was unlawful, the decision to wind down DACA in an orderly manner was rational,” Tuts wrote.
While Monday’s ruling does not overturn the decision by two other federal courts to block the phaseout, it does provide legal ammunition as the Justice Department appeals the other federal court rulings.
Six months have passed since President Donald J. Trump decided in September not to renew the program, leaving it up to Congress to agree on a resolution. Yet even as the March 5th deadline fades, Washington seems no closer to a deal.
It’s March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA. Gave them 6 months, they just don’t care. Where are they? We are ready to make a deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2018
In response, a group of DACA recipients protested in front of the Democratic National Committee on Monday, criticizing the Democrats for failing to act on resolving the illegal immigration program.
In a report by The Daily Caller, the protestors “blocked the front doors of the DNC and refused staffers from entering or exiting the building.”